Currently, our power grid is made with a few large power plants, but that will soon change. The power grid will be made with many small, decentralized Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems.

The current power generation is derived from large power plants where only 33% of primary energy is turned into usable electricity. The remaining 67% are unused as it gets disbursed into the atmosphere. CHP is a clean and efficient way of producing electric power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. The generator is driven by the engine to produce energy, and the residual heat created during this process is recaptured and generated into heat that is useful. Because of this, CHP systems are becoming more important in the energy sector’s change from a few large power plants to a more decentralized and stable power grid that is sustainable.

There are two types of “waste heat” that are produced by generating electricity. The first type is the heat that is retrieved from the engine jacket water that is cooling the engine. Secondly, the heat exchanger transfers heat to the exhaust gas. This “waste heat” that is collected can be utilized for heating or to produce steam. 

CHP systems are generally installed onsite where heat and power are directly supplied to customers. This helps to eliminate the loss of heat and power that occurs in transferring electricity from large, centralized plants.  From residential to government facilities, CHP systems are available in various sizes and applications.

Main Advantages of Cogeneration

  • Significant energy cost savings
  • Quick and sustainable Return on Investment
  • Independence from rising energy prices
  • Full cost control
  • Highest reliability and efficiency
  • Stable operation in case of power outages within the utility grid
  • Fulfills highest environmental standards
  • Compliance with governmental carbon emission regulations